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Ultimate Guide to Disney's Grand Floridian Resort

  • By Christopher da Costa
  • Published 14 May 2024
  • Revised 16 May 2024
Ultimate Guide to Disney's Grand Floridian Resort
  • By Christopher da Costa
  • Published 14 May 2024
  • Revised 16 May 2024
Ultimate Guide to Disney's Grand Floridian Resort
  • By Christopher da Costa
  • Published 14 May 2024
  • Revised 16 May 2024
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort lets you relax in luxury and play in paradise. Exquisite architecture, modern amenities and easy access to nearby theme parks and resorts deliver a holiday that has it all.

Much of the exterior and decorations look Victorian, with period features such as chandeliers, marble floors and a grand staircase, so you'll feel like you're staying in your very own castle. It also has stylish rooms, incredible views of the parks and lots of great amenities, entertainment and dining options. As Disney's flagship resort, no expense has been spared, and guests are in a convenient location by the Seven Seas Lagoon, overlooking Magic Kingdom, making it a perfect option for those looking to sprinkle a little bif of pixie dust on their Disney dreams.

History of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort 

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort first opened in 1988 as Disney World's fifth resort, yet despite this, it is now regarded as their signature property and one of the most recognisable hotels. The resort was previously called the Grand Floridian Beach Resort, and had there not been a big dip in visitors in the 1970s, it may never have existed in its current form, as Disney originally planned to build an Asian-themed resort on the land. During its original construction, the designers wanted Victorian touches yet didn't want the resort to feel old-fashioned. Instead, they combined stunning vintage features like stained glass windows and a birdcage lift with modern amenities and a beachfront theme. 

Check-in details at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort 

Checking in and out at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort couldn't be simpler. Check-in starts from 3PM, while check-out is at 11AM, although late check out is available. If you sign up to Disney's Direct to Room service via your booking, you can check-in online in advance, as well as amend your reservation, access resort maps and use your Disney Band to get into your room. However, it's just as easy to check in in the hotel's stunning lobby by sharing your booking details with the resort's friendly staff. 

Room Options at Disney's Grand Floridian 

There are lots of rooms to choose from at Disney's Grand Floridian, for all group sizes and interests. The majority of rooms are the hotel's standard rooms, which are the biggest standard rooms of any Disney Resort. Bright and spacious, with white, green and pink décor, they have views of either the water, theme park or resort, with some even looking out over Cinderella Castle. All of these can fit up to five adults, and come with TVs, mini fridge and a small balcony or patio. There are also one and two-bedroom suites available, along with Club Level rooms, which ase include concierge service, breakfast, snacks and dessert. 

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Dining and Entertainment at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort 

The dining options at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort are vast and there's something to suit every taste. There's everything from pool bars to fine dining options and almost all cuisines are covered. Some of the best include Mediterranean style Citricos, a Beauty and the Beast themed lounge called Enchanted Rose, and Victoria & Albert's, one of the most prestigious Disney restaurants with a AAA Five Diamond Award and a Michelin star. There are also two pool bars, 1900 Park Fare - a fun character dining option, and Gasparilla Island Grill, which is the best option for all-day casual dining. 

As for entertainment and amenities, you'll be occupied even after returning from the parks. There are two expansive outdoor pools, with one boasting a huge waterslide and waterfalls, plus a small water playground for younger guests. The resort also offers motorised boat rentals and cruises, and each evening the Electrical Water Pageant parade passes right along the shore in front of the hotel. There's also extras like open-air movie nights, an arcade and campfire activities, fishing, a beach area, and of course, the full service spa. The resort's pools also have a range of activities and events daily, ranging from arts and crafts to dance parties, so make sure to ask for a schedule upon arrival. 

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Transportation at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort 

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort is one of the closest resorts to Magic Kingdom and provides a few different ways to get around. The monorail line runs regularly and Magic Kingdom is the first stop five minutes away. Alternatively you can jump in a water taxi or to stretch the legs, there's a walkway allowing you to walk back and forth to Magic Kingdom! Getting to EPCOT is just as easy via monorail, although you will need to change lines, while other parks such as Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and Disney Springs are reachable via Disney buses. 


Does the Grand Floridian have a quiet pool? 

Yes, although the Beach Pool at Grand Floridian has a waterslide and falls, the hotel's other pool, the Courtyard Pool, is a dedicated quiet pool complete with whirlpool baths. 

Can you walk from Floridian to Magic Kingdom? 

Previously, it wasn't possible to walk between Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Magic Kingdom, but since Disney built a handy walkway from the property, guests can now easily travel between the resort and park on foot, which takes a little longer than the boat or monorail but can be a great way to enjoy the views and stretch your legs after being on rides all day long. 

How long does the monorail take from Grand Floridian to Magic Kingdom? 

The monorail service between Disney's Grand Floridian Resort is the most convenient and fast way to visit Magic Kingdom. Although wait times can be up to 20 minutes, Magic Kingdom is the first stop on the monorail and you'll be there in just five minutes. On the way back, there are brief extra stops at Disney's Contemporary Resort, the Transportation and Ticket Center and Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, so the journey may take slightly longer. 

Can you take the monorail from Grand Floridian to EPCOT? 

It is possible to take the monorail between the Grand Floridian and EPCOT and it's simple once you know what you're doing. You'll need to take the monorail from the resort and get off at the Disney Transportation and Ticket Centre, where you can change to the EPCOT monorail line. It takes around 30 minutes, or if you need to get there faster, the bus service takes around 20 minutes. 

Does the Grand Floridian have free breakfast? 

Generally, the Grand Floridian does not offer free breakfast, however this depends on the room you book. Certain rooms and seasonal offers come with complimentary breakfast, while Club Level bookings also receive complimentary breakfast. Opting for a Dining Plan is also a great way to ensure you can enjoy all the meals you want while staying. 

Are there rooms for five at the Grand Floridian? 

All rooms at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort can sleep up to five adults, thanks to featuring two queen or king-sized beds and a pull-out sofa, making them perfect for families of all sizes. 

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